E-Numbers are excipients
E-numbers are additives (excipients) authorised by the European Union for use in consumer products. However, it is a global system and also contains substances for animal nutrition. If the auxiliary substance is authorised in the EU, the letter E is added to it. The important point is that substances which are no longer allowed are still kept the E.
The use of a number of additives (e.g. preservatives) is often justified on the basis of food safety. However, things like dyes and flavor enhancers are more (unconscious) wishes of the consumer who expects something in some way looks or tastes. The e-numbers are divided into certain categories.
- Various additives,
- Flavour Enhancers,
- Anti-Foaming agents, glazing agents, dough improvers, sweeteners
- Modified Starches
Check this site to find e-numbers.